Production Specialist - Polyethylene Gas Phase - Pennsylvania in United States, United States

at Shell
Location United States, United States
Date Posted March 19, 2018
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Company Description Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In the US, we have operated for over a century and are a major oil and gas producer onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico, a recognized innovator in exploration and production technology, and a leading manufacturer and marketer of fuels, natural gas and petrochemicals. We deliver energy responsibly; operate safely with respect to our neighbours and work to minimize our environmental impact. We are in search of remarkable people who will thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment to deliver exciting projects locally and globally. People who are passionate about exploring new frontiers. Innovators and pioneers. People with the drive to help shape our future. Because remarkable people achieve remarkable things.
  Job Description The Shell Pennsylvania Chemical Plant will be a world-scale petrochemical facility in Western Pennsylvania that upgrades locally-produced ethane from Marcellus and Utica shale formations gas production to make polyethylene (PE). The facility will consist of an Ethane Cracking Unit (ECU), 2 Gas Phase Polyethylene Units, a Slurry phase Polyethylene Unit, plus associated Power Generation, Utilities, and Logistics facilities. As construction of the site progresses, the asset is now growing to support Commissioning and Start-Up activities and prepare for full operation in the early 2020s.

The PE Gas Phase Technology Specialist role serves as the front-line operational/technical support to the Production Unit (PU) Gas Phase polymerization operations. They provide deep operational understanding and process technology expertise to support troubleshooting, general day to day tracking of unit performance, and identifying and developing opportunities to improve unit performance.

Since the facility is still under construction, the role also includes a large developmental element. The Production Specialist will play a pivotal role in supporting control system testing, training and qualification of operators, developing procedures, commissioning, and starting up the unit.
Although the Production Specialist does not have a formal leadership role, they will work closely on a day-to-day basis with the unit operating shift teams, process technologists, and maintenance support groups.
Additional elements of the role are:

Works to and advocates the site and unit HSE management systems and participates in HSSE processes and programs
Acts as primary contact in the operations team for process related issues
Shows ownership for the unit performance and the performance of the site
Solicits the help of Operating Technicians, Process Technologists, Maintenance Specialists, and other technical discipline resources to analyze unit-operating problems and provide corrective action support
Supports introduction of new grades and/or other process developments
Ensures Management of Change is effectively applied to operational or process modifications
Owns production unit related training materials and procedures
Share knowledge by training, coaching and mentoring colleagues as appropriate

The Production Specialist reports to the Production Unit Manager. The role has no direct reports but has primary interfaces with: Operators, Production Supervisors, other Production Specialists, Production Unit Manager, Production Engineers, Production Team Leaders (PTL), Operations Maintenance Coordinator, and Operations Support Engineer. Secondary interfaces include: Inspectors (Safety, disciplines), Technical Managers and other Plant Support groups. Requirements

Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
Although prior experience with the technology is preferred, candidates will also be considered if they have a proven track record of readily gaining a deep understanding of  Process Technologies and Operation .
Hands-on unit operating experience
Supporting unit commissioning and start-up
Unit performance monitoring and troubleshooting, and improvement
Working closely and liaising with Operations, Process Technology, and Maintenance teams
Training and coaching less experienced colleagues


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